Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pack nudges forward in recruiting rankings

With three commitments since Sunday, N.C. State has climbed out of last place in the ACC in one of the major recruiting rankings.

Tight end Benson Browne’s coach at Walnut Hills (Ohio) High, George Kontsis, confirmed this morning that Browne has committed to the Wolfpack. That moved N.C. State past Wake Forest into 11th place in the ACC in scout.com’s rankings for the Class of 2011.

Scout.com has N.C. State at No. 63 overall, one spot ahead of Wake Forest.

The Wolfpack remains last in the ACC in the rivals.com rankings.

Since Sunday, N.C. State has received commitments from Browne, defensive tackle Chris Jones of Raines High in Jacksonville, Fla., and wide receiver Hakeem Flowers of Wade Hampton High in Greenville, S.C.

N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien has often said he doesn’t pay much attention to recruiting rankings because he doesn’t believe analysts can predict how a given player will fit into a particular school’s system.

“One thing I’ve learned about Tom O’Brien in his decade at Boston College is, you can’t go based on recruiting rankings or stars next to a kid’s name with O’Brien and his staff,” rivals.com analyst Mike Farrell said last week.

N.C.State still is ranked far behind rival North Carolina, whose class is rated No. 18 in the nation and No. 3 in the ACC by scout.com. Duke is rated 10th in the ACC by scout.com.

Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

The difference in Butch Davis and Tom Obrien is that Butch recruits 4 and 5 star athletes that cannot produce on the field. Tom Obrien recruits 2 and 3 start athletes that do. It's a pretty simple explanation. Would you rather be ranked higher in recruiting, or wins/losses?

Anonymous said...

Rankings mean nothing. NCSU took a punter, kicker, and long snapper in this class to address special teams. Those guys will usually never be more than 2 or 3 star recruits. However, I know the place kicker was in the All-American game. Give me a team of Nate Irvings and Russell Wilsons and I'll take it everyday over 5 star recruits that think they are all that.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your recruiting and Music City bowl accomplishments...that's all UNC-cheat has to show for all the 4 and 5 star recruits. Unless you want to count the impending probation. Paper champs!

anonymous said...

Butch Davis has won 8 games for the past 3 consecutive seasons. So yes, I would rather have more wins per season.

Anonymous said...

Butch is 0-4 vs. his in state rival. He also has one bowl win. TOB has a 9 win season, 4-0 vs. UNC-cheat, and a bowl win vs. a legitimate opponent. Butch is NCSU's b*tch.

Anonymous said...

Butch also had brought more negative PR to UNC than ever imagined. Good get Tarholes...have fun with your sanctions.

Anonymous said...

I think i'll take top 25 recruiting each year and 8 wins last 3 years vs states sorry recruiting 3 under 500 seasons and one good 9 win season this year. R wilson got state 9 wins obrien better clone him or they are goint to be in trouble. NC state is so sad they get a article wrote about them to praise them for not being last in acc in recruiting. that is just funny!